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Point of View and Scientific Truth
High schoolers investigate the mystery of the "destructive force." They explore the concepts of natural phenomena. Students discuss the limited aspects of natural phenomena and the "whole truth" to generate new hypotheses that can be tested.
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New Review Design Challenge: How to Keep Items Cool in Boiling Water
Keeping items cool in boiling water... what? This engaging activity challenges high school learners to build a container that keeps butter in a solid state when placing the container in boiling water. Groups use previous knowledge and...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
How to Unboil an Egg
If you believe hard boiling an egg to be an irreversible process, then think again! Take a few minutes to watch this fun video as it explores the process for unboiling an egg and learn about the applications this process may have in the...
4 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Free Willy? An Argument Analysis of the Controversy over Captive Killer Whale Populations
An abused captive or a treasured performer? Class members conduct an analysis of arguments presented by both sides regarding the captive killer whale population, labeling those claims that can be supported and those that need additional...
11th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Nanotechnology Grant Proposal Writing
Please, sir, can I have a few thousand dollars for my research? The last installment in a six-part lesson has the pupils develop a grant proposal. Class members apply their knowledge of skin cancer, ultraviolet radiation, human skin, and...
10th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Understanding Scientific and Social Implications: Acid Rain
Students examine the social and scientific implications of acid rain. In this acid rain lesson plan, students read an article about acid rain, the causes of acid rain, the effects of acid rain on the environment and the proposals to...
9th - 12th Science
Can Scientists Discover a Limit to Discovery?
Is there anything left to discover? Evaluate opposing sides of the debate regarding whether or not there is a future for scientific discovery. Middle and high schoolers assess quotations from the articles included to evaluate claims and...
8th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
A Plant's-Eye View
Why is it important to look at the world from other species' points of view? Author Michael Pollan claims it is a way to reanimate the earth, realize Darwinian insights, and to take the food we need from the earth while healing it in the...
18 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable